Former prime minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster has accused the ‘No’ campaign of trying to confuse voters.
Speaking at the Sydney launch of the #PostYourYes campaign yesterday, Ms Forster (pictured with her partner Virginia Edwards) said they were trying to muddy the waters with issues that are not related.
“This is a simple question of whether or not you believe the law in Australia should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. That is as far as it goes,” she said.
Her comments came a day after Senator Cory Bernardi told an audience of 1000 people gathered for the ‘No’ campaign launch in Sydney they would face “weaponised” anti-discrimination laws and “legal warfare” is the marriage act was changed.
Skywriting proclaiming ‘Vote No’ appeared in the skies over Sydney yesterday morning, the day after the anti-same-sex marriage campaign was launched.
— Christine Forster (@resourcefultype) September 17, 2017
Sports stars, TV identities and politicians took part in co-ordinated events across capital cities yesterday.
In Brisbane, Olympic swimmers Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin said a close friend had asked them to throw their support behind the campaign.
“We’re big fans of equality in sport, and I think it’s time to show that equality in the marital scene,” Larkin said.
At the ‘Yes’ campaign’s Melbourne event, actress/comedian Magda Szubanski said she hoped Australians would support the change.
“I hope with all my heart you vote that you will vote ‘yes’ because I believe in the institution of marriage,” she said.
“I was raised in a family where my parents were married for 58 years and I would hope that if I met the woman of my dreams I could have that same institution there to support me and I would hope you would want that for me too.”
In Adelaide, a trio of federal MPs – the Liberal’s Christopher Pyne, Labor’s Penny Wong and the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young – put aside political differences to back a ‘Yes’ vote.
— Tiernan Brady (@Tiernanbrady) September 17, 2017